Fourth-grader wins St. Thomas geography bee

Can you name the most populous city on the east coast of China where bicycles are the most common form of transportation? St. Thomas Catholic School fourth-grader Dalton Carmien can.
Carmien gave the correct answer — Shanghai — in the final round of Friday morning’s geography bee at her school, beating out nine students grades four through eight.

Students get lesson in philanthropy while having some fun

It may have been fun to watch their teachers getting “pied,” but some Unity Junior High School students learned a lesson about philanthropy along the way.
In the first part of their curriculum, Katie Bates’ exploratory Quest class learned about “giraffe heroes” — people who “stick their neck out” to help others.
“They’re active citizens looking out for people,” Bates said.

St. Thomas Catholic School celebrates second annual Greek Day

It was all Greek to them.
On Oct. 17, junior high students at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo celebrated a Greek Day as the culmination of a literature unit in which they are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan. The junior high students are reading one book in the series each year and with it are learning about the history of ancient Greece.

Award-winning authors visit three area schools

The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities unit of the College of  Education at Illinois brought award-winning authors to Unity schools on Oct. 17.

Doughnuts with Dad

On Friday, the Kitty Cat Room at the Montessori School in Savoy held a special event, Doughnuts with Dad. Students enjoyed doughnuts and juice with their dads. The class has a similar event in the spring for mothers.

Staffers train on what to do if shooter enters building

Teachers from Unity East and Unity West elementary schools got training in ALICE on Friday.
The Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate program teaches teachers to fight back against school shooters.
Unity West Principal Lanee Reichert encouraged the staff members to think about what they could do to secure their classrooms if there were  a shooter in the school.

Teachers train to use new apps

On Friday afternoon, teachers from Unity East and Unity West elementary schools had an in-service training on the Google Apps for Education.
The suite of apps is designed to help eliminate paper in the clasroom.
Starting with such basics as how to access their drives, shared drives and files, teachers received training on everything from making websites to making forms.

Unity West students rewarded for behavior

Unity West Elementary School held its monthly PBIS celebration to reward students for good behavior on Friday. Unity High School athletes visited to participate in activities with the students.

Schools train for shootings

Staff members from Unity High School and Unity Junior High School got some special training last Monday in what to do if a shooter should ever enter one of their schools.

Unity East Elementary School fourth-grade teacher named principal

Jim Carver is the new principal at Unity East Elementary School, but he’s not new to the school.
Carver has taught fourth grade there for the last six years.
“I’m excited to be continuing my career here,” Carver said.

Read the full story in the Aug. 14 issue of The County Star.

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